Looking for some sewing inspiration? Believe it or not, there are many, many wonderful sewing books bursting with ideas. Some books are full of useful tips on how to use a sewing machine. Others include easy-to-follow steps that will guide you to create a one-of-a-kind garment. And, a few are full of sewing secrets that will unlock your own sewing abilities.
Today, I’m going to share a few of my favorite sewing books and why I love them. Best of all, most can be found FREE at your local library.
Let’s start with easy sewing books for beginners.
By Kate Haxel
This book introduces the sewing machine to newbies. I like it because it really explains sewing machine tension in a way that anyone could understand. It also includes a lot of photographs rather than drawings.
by Editors of Creative Publishing
I own an older version of this book which has recently been revised. I recommend this book because it introduces you to sewing through a series of projects. Each project teaches a new technique, such as attaching bias tape. Start at the beginning and work through all of the projects and, before you know it, you will know how to sew.
by Diana Rupp
I use this book when I teach absolute beginner’s sewing. The book includes tissue patterns for all of the projects and the instructions are well-written and easy to follow. I have tutorials here, here, and here that walk you through some of the steps with more detailed instructions and photographs.
If you are going to sew, then you will need to know a little something about fabric. Here are a couple of books I recommend.
by Sandra Betzina
This book is an updated and revised version of Fabric Savvy. What makes this book such a winner are the details about each fabric. Should you pre-shrink the fabric. What needle to use. How to press the material. Which presser foot is best. Alongside of these details are some fabric facts, sewing tips, and pattern suggestions. If you are into garment sewing, then this book is a must-have. Check Half-Price Books and other used book sellers for the best price.
by Dana Willard
Fabrics A-Z is perfect for a quick reference. The information is thorough and easily accessible. When I want a few details about a fabric, this is the book I grab. Simple and straightforward. Easy to understand. What’s not to like?
Next month I will continue with sewing books that take it up a notch or two and can take your sewing from homemade to custom made. See you then.